John Wheal

System Architect at NATS

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John Wheal

John is a System Architect at NATS, the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious IET Technician of the Year Award.

John founded two startups whilst at the University of Portsmouth studying MEng Computer Engineering.

John is featured in NATS #OurAmazingEveryday recruitment campaign

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Born to Engineer

John starred in the “Born to Engineer” series of films produced for the ERA Foundation by Duck Rabbit as part of a campaign to attract young people into engineering education and careers.


John has a particular interest in equity crowdfunding and has invested in over 25 companies, ranging from startups to established companies. A selection of his portfolio is shown below.

John Wheal Investments


Judge at Debating Matters

Organised IET Great Egg Race

Presented the IET award at the University of Portsmouth graduation ceremony

Founded Wheal Media Limited whilst at University

Participated in Dynamo Business Challenge

Visited Cambridge University with the University of Portsmouth Enterprise Society

Represented NATS at the Royal International Air Tattoo

Attended Town Hall Meeting with John Kerry

Awarded Highly Commended in the Young Startup Talent competition 2016

Attended Startup Disruptors Award Ceremony

Founded Group Hub Limited whilst at University

Awarded IET Technician of the Year Award 2017

Student speaker at graduation ceremony

Attended Town Hall Meeting with President Barrack Obama

Represented NATS at the Heathrow Family Day

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